High Involvement Work Systems and Job Insecurity in the International Iron and Steel Industry

High Involvement Work Systems and Job Insecurity in the International Iron and Steel Industry The different factors behind globalization and the emergence of high involvement work practices do not necessarily carry similar implications for labour. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of high involvement work systems upon workers in the steel industry. The authors present results from a series of cross‐national sun>eys conducted in 1998 with 39 national trade unions from over 30 countries measuring issues such as job security, ownership changes, numerical flexibility, and union density. The findings are consistent with U.S. data reported by Osterman (1998) indicating that new work practices provide no defense against an environment of heightened Insecurity. Résumé Les différents facteurs qui encouragent la mondialisa‐tion et le dévoloppement de nouvelles pratiques de travail, dites “high involvement” (travail en équipes, rotation des fonctions, plus grande autonomie des employés) n'entraînent pas nécessairement des consequences semblables pour la main d'oeuvre. Nous examinons dans cette étude les effets de ces pratiques “high involvement” sur les travailleurs métallurgiques. Les auteurs publient les résultas de sondages interna‐tionaux effectués en 1998 auprès de 39 syndicats dans plus de 30 pays, permettant de mesurer la sécurité d'em‐ploi, les changements de propriétaire, la flexibilité numérique et la concentration syndicate. Leurs résultats s'accordent avec des donnés provenant des E‐U tels que dans Osterman (1988), et démontrent que ces nouvelles de travail ne sont pas une défense contre un environe‐ment plus hostile que jamais. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'Administration Wiley

High Involvement Work Systems and Job Insecurity in the International Iron and Steel Industry

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0825-0383
eISSN
1936-4490
DOI
10.1111/j.1936-4490.2001.tb00239.x
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Abstract

The different factors behind globalization and the emergence of high involvement work practices do not necessarily carry similar implications for labour. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of high involvement work systems upon workers in the steel industry. The authors present results from a series of cross‐national sun>eys conducted in 1998 with 39 national trade unions from over 30 countries measuring issues such as job security, ownership changes, numerical flexibility, and union density. The findings are consistent with U.S. data reported by Osterman (1998) indicating that new work practices provide no defense against an environment of heightened Insecurity. Résumé Les différents facteurs qui encouragent la mondialisa‐tion et le dévoloppement de nouvelles pratiques de travail, dites “high involvement” (travail en équipes, rotation des fonctions, plus grande autonomie des employés) n'entraînent pas nécessairement des consequences semblables pour la main d'oeuvre. Nous examinons dans cette étude les effets de ces pratiques “high involvement” sur les travailleurs métallurgiques. Les auteurs publient les résultas de sondages interna‐tionaux effectués en 1998 auprès de 39 syndicats dans plus de 30 pays, permettant de mesurer la sécurité d'em‐ploi, les changements de propriétaire, la flexibilité numérique et la concentration syndicate. Leurs résultats s'accordent avec des donnés provenant des E‐U tels que dans Osterman (1988), et démontrent que ces nouvelles de travail ne sont pas une défense contre un environe‐ment plus hostile que jamais.

Journal

Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'AdministrationWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2001

References

  • Effects of human resource management systems on manufacturing performance and turnover
    Arthur, J. B.
  • Meeting the challenge of globalization ‐ steel industry restructuring and trade union strategy
    Bacon, N.; Blyton, P.
  • Re‐casting the occupational culture in steel: Some implications of changing from crews to teams in the UK steel industry
    Blyton, P.; Bacon, N.

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